14th Annual Candlelight Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 22, 6:30
Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron
We celebrate with our family, our clan, our loved ones, the return of the Season of Light with a Candlelight Winter Solstice.
Join us for this evening of music: an amazing array of musicians from the area, song, "Santa's Wisdom Secrets", warm spirits and friends. The service is taken from many Earth-Centered traditions and reflects many of the Old Religions.
A gathering at the hearthfire in the McKeeman Room, for warmth and real wassail, will take place after the service, where we will burn the Yule log!
Childcare will be available.
We are in need of, and welcome donations of the sweet and savory in pastries, or appetizers; easy, pick-up foods.
Please contact Rebekah Benner at[masked] or [masked]
Join us in our annual tradition of welcoming the returning Light, the Sun God and the reason for the season of enlightenment!
A little history about the Winter Solstice:
Around September 23, the North Pole begins tilting away from the sun. Each day, less direct sunlight reaches the northern hemisphere, and the noonday sun appears at a lower point in the sky. Finally, around December 22, we have our shortest day and the beginning of winter. For several days the sun appears at the same low point - a solstice, a "standing still". Ironically, even though this is the return of the Sun, it is also called the beginning of Winter.
At this season people of northern Europe kindled lights and fires to help the sun god relight his lamp. They feasted and rejoiced, for now they could look forward to another spring. Crops would grow, and life would flourish. The Persians lighted fires at the winter solstice in praise of Mithra, god of light. The ancient Egyptians held a festival that honored Isis, mother of the sun god Horus. The ancient Hebrews observed Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights. Still celebrated today, it commemorates the dedication of the new altar in the Temple at Jerusalem. All such midwinter festivals hailed the victory of light and life.